Banh Tet “Mat Cat” Phu Quoc


In Phu Quoc, Tét cake’s packaged by “Mat Cat” leaves with jade color, fleshy, fatty bean flavor.

Visiting Duong Dong market – the largest street market district of Phu Quoc island – tourists can’t resist many kinds of goods imported from land or from ships. But the most attractive one  is still “Mat Cat” Tét cake

Banh Tet
Banh Tet

“Mat Cat” is wide spreading plants like palm leaves, grows all over the Ham Ninh mountain. It is often used to make leaf conical hats. But in Phu Quoc, where banana leaves isn’t rare, but do you know why Phu Quoc people use these leaves to wrap Tét cake? The unique addition of “Mat Cat” Tét cakes is not packaged into round shape but the triangle ones.

To pack this cake, Mat Cat leaves is dried, wash and wipe with oil to make it soft. Cooked cakes would have jade color and attractive flavor. Green beans cooked with meat to put inside the cake. You must have good skills to tie the cake and keep it best taste. If you tie too tight, sometimes the cake is raw or dry. If not, the cakes would be full of water. You can store Mat Cat Tet cakes for a long time. The big ones cost 10,000 vnd and 5,000 vnd is the price of the small ones

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